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The Festival of Honor Bands

In the interest of protecting the health and safety of all those involved in the Festival of Honor Bands, Wayne State College has made the difficult decision to cancel the festival for 2021. Please revisit this page next year for the 2022 event!

About

The Festival of Honor Bands takes place on the last Saturday of January each year and consists of three honor bands - two high school bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) and one junior high band (for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades). The bands are comprised of students from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota who come together for a full day of rehearsals culminating in a late afternoon concert.

Audition Information

Students are selected on the basis of a recorded audition and given the opportunity to work with guest clinicians.

How to Audition

  1. Complete the online Honor Band application (available at a later date).
  2. Record the appropriate audition music as MP3, WAV, or MP4 file.
  3. Make each audition a separate file (scales/rudiments and etude in same file) and label as follows:
    Instrument-Student Name-School-JH or HS
  4. Email MP3, WAV, or MP4 files to Dave Bohnert at dabohne1@wsc.edu.

Audition material due date will be announced at a later date.

All recordings will be adjudicated. Results should be announced before the holiday break (via email).

Directors should expect music and further details of the Honor Band Festival just after the first of the year.

Audition Music

HIGH SCHOOL
Scales: All high school auditions should begin with Concert C and A Flat scales throughout the individual's full range (including mallets). Please tongue eighth notes at m.m.=80.
Percussion: Snare drum auditions should begin with the single paradiddle. Timpani auditions should begin with a single stroke roll - open/closed/open (slow/fast/slow).

Audition music will be available at a later date.

 

JUNIOR HIGH
Scales: All junior high auditions should begin with a chromatic scale throughout the individual's full range (including mallets). Please slur eighth notes at m.m.=60.
Percussion: Snare and timpani auditions should begin with a long roll - open/closed/open (slow/fast/slow).

Audition music will be available at a later date.

Fees

Fee information to come.


Showcase your musical talent and audition today!

Honor Band auditions are due Monday, November 23, 2020.

Festival Clinicians

To be announced.

Contact

Dr. Dave Bohnert
WSC Director of Bands
402-375-7363
dabohne1@wsc.edu

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Future Honor Band Dates

To be announced.